Editor's Note: Today I am wearing shorts by Banana Republic, top by Gianni Bini, belt by Henri Bendel, and shoes by Valentino.
Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is upon us. I get to go to a very fun event at River Crest Country Club tonight that is a part of the Crestival Golf Tournament. We found out last weekend that Emerald City is playing tonight so I am going to have my dancing shoes on. Putting the last minute touches on my clients house for their party tomorrow. The addition that we have been working on for three years is finally finished and looks so beautiful! I am so excited for their friends and co-workers to see the house tomorrow at the retirement party that they are throwing for one of their top executives who also happens to be my client. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear what everyone has to say about the house. I truly think it is gorgeous! I have decided that my work that I have not posted because I was waiting to get it published is going to be revealed to the world through my blogs and Instagram. The people I truly care about seeing and loving my work are people locally who read my blog and view my Instagram. So why not share my work with the people that I am closest too?! I found out when I was at a meeting with the Hearst group in New York City in January that 99% of people who get publish in magazines do so through a publicist. At this point I have better use of $36,000 a year which is what a good publicist cost so for now by blog and Instagram will be my magazine. Happy Friday, happy weekend, make it a great one!
This is a project that I did in the Escondido Golf Resort installed in 2015. The project was to design 4 bedroom houses in an enclave for golfers to rent at the resort. Every house had a large living area and 4 bedrooms. I use the same floor plan in every house but had different art works and colors on the upholstery and rugs to allow the houses to have their own distinct character. It thrilled me when the manager of the club liked to see each house before they picked which one they were going to stay in. This house happens to be the one that was especially designed for the owners to stay in. It has a higher quality accessories and art than the other 3 houses. This is such a fun project that I worked a year and a half on.
This Casita featured blue and orange in the living area. The coffee table I had specially painted to go with the room and I found a lot of the accessories in Round Top. The art work in this house was done by Benson Cobb. Carol the owner worked with me on choosing the art to go with my fabrics. It was such a thrill to have the artist her self involved in the process!
This was Casita #1. The fabric on the chairs from Lee Jofa was the beginning point of this room. All of the rugs in the 4 houses were custom designed with Lee Jofa. I chose the pods of wool for the rugs to go with the fabrics in the room. This house also featured art from Carol Benson Cobb. What a happy room!
This one I called Casita #3. I love the pink and green that is going on in this room! The brown leather sofa helps ground it to make it a little more masculine. The owners of the project love color and he tells me "real men wear pink" so here you go! The chairs in the living area of all 4 Casitas are from Duralee's "Build Your Own" line of upholstery. They were very reasonable and very comfortable! I got a 4 star rating from all the men who sit in here and watch TV. This Casita and the owner's Casita featured art from Scott Kerr. He actually did custom art for the project using samples from the room. The art in the living area and the bedrooms were done by these two artist. It really was so much fun getting to design art in the Casita's and working with these talented people.
This is one of the bedrooms upstairs in Casita #4. All of my bedding came from Pine Cone Hill and this custom headboard and bed frame is done in a fabric from Novell. So happy and fun! Art work by Scott Kerr.
The gorgeous fabric on this headboard and bed frame is from Boussac and the pillow fabric from Pierre Frey. I kept all of my fabrics as economically as I could and was amazed at what I could find in my price point.
This headboard fabric is from Duralee from the Job Robshaw collection. I sourced most of the lamps on this project from Currey + Company. You can image how happy Currey + Company was when they got that ordered.
This is the owner's bedroom with this fabulous yellow velvet from Novell and the incredible pillow fabric from Pierre Frey. All the bedrooms were designed to house two queen size beds so that two men could stay per room. When we decide to make this house this house the owner's house there was really no way to reduce the bed down to one queen size bed so we kept it the same. In my 14 1/2 years of being on my own this was one of the most fun projects that I have done. It was labor intensive but so satisfying!
This project truly made me smile!
Last night for dinner we had pork chop with bone-in and steamed brussels sprouts. Quick and delicious! The pink rose in the forefront came out of our garden.
I have to tell a funny story about this song. I went on a SAE rush party at Eagle Mountain Lake in the summer of 1978 before my freshmen year at Tulane. There were two boats at the party--all of our clothes were on one boat and all the beer was on the other boat. As we were floating in our inter-tubes in the water we did not realize that the boat with our clothes left. So I had to ride back into town in a bikini sitting in between two SAE's in their truck to go get my clothes and purse. This song came on the radio and it will always remind me of that day and that blue bikini. What a memory!